• Program: Professional Photography
  • Degree: Diploma
  • Credits: Total Diploma Credits 54
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The portrait and wedding photographer needs a sound photographic education with special emphasis on people skills, good personal sales ability and a strong sense of `dynamic timing` coupled with studio and location lighting skills. Portrait/wedding photographers work one-on-one with clients and often on weddings with photographer assistants. Portraiture can be general in nature or may offer a broad scope of specialization within the field. Some of the specialization could include such areas as glamour, classical, casual, romantic, fantasy, fad, illustrative or humorous styles of portraiture.

Career Opportunities

The courses of study in the Portrait and Wedding Photography diploma are designed to prepare the graduate for many exciting career options, including working as an assistant in an established portrait and wedding photography studio, working in a large scale corporate portrait studio system or, with additional experience, setting up their own studio.

Award Outcomes:

  • Exhibit professional and ethical behavior.
  • Produce a photographic portfolio.
  • Communicate effectively with clients.
  • Think critically in solving problems.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in the use of professional photographic equipment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of photographic software programs.
  • Utilize photographic light modifying devices.
  • Demonstrate photographic workflow proficiency.
  • Create highest quality photographic images.
  • Develop a personal photographic style.
  • Understand role and function as part of a creative team.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 42 Credits
General Education Requirements 0 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 6 Credits
  • Any PRPO course that is not required for this award may be used as an elective.
General Education Electives 6 Credits
  • Any HTC college level general education course may be used to satisfy the elective requirement.

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